Described as the world’s most powerful telescope, NASA’s James Webb telescope captured some stunning images of our universe this year, leaving space lovers mesmerized. The next-generation observatory, priced at $10 billion, will launch on top of the Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana on December 25, 2021. Named after a former NASA director, it follows Webb in Hubble’s legendary footsteps, but offers speculation. previously inaccessible to the universe. Webb is about 100 times more powerful than Hubble.
On its first anniversary, here are 5 incredible images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in 2022 that revolutionized space imaging.
A deep infrared image of the early universe
In the first image taken in July 2022, Webb revealed the “deepest and sharpest image of the early universe” ever taken, going back 13 billion years. The stunning shot, which was unveiled at the White House briefing by President Joe Biden, shows thousands of galaxies overflowing and elaborated by the thinnest objects ever observed, ranging in color from infrared to blue, gold, and white tones. An image of the galaxy cluster showed SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago, with several galaxies in front and behind the cluster.
In the same month, the telescope appeared to show star nurseries emerging and individual stars in the Carina Nebula that had previously been obscured. Called Cosmic Cliffs, Webb’s three-dimensional image looks like a rugged mountain range on a lunar evening. In fact, it is the edge of a giant, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324, and the longest “peaks” in this image are about 7 light years high.
In September 2022, the telescope captured the brightest view of Neptune’s rings in 30 years. In 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 became the first spacecraft to capture an image of Neptune. According to NASA, Webb didn’t catch the clearest view of this distant planet’s rings when the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by it in 1989, but its cameras also revealed the ice giant in a whole new light. Webb also photographed seven of Neptune’s 14 moons.
In August 2022, Webb’s powerful infrared image offered a new perspective on the galaxy’s evolution over billions of years, according to a NASA release. The club galaxy, located about 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, was a rare sight. Its appearance, very similar to a cart wheel, is an intense effect – a conflict between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy, not visible in this image.
Pillars of Creation
In October 2022, a rich and exquisite landscape- the iconic “Creation Hill” was captured by the James Webb Telescope. The shooting of a thousand stars in the telescope illuminates the first shot of the huge gold, copper, and brown pillars standing. At the center of the cosmos, the “pillars of creation” are located 6,500 light years from Earth, in the Eagle Nebula of our Milky Way galaxy.
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